UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigns from office


Boris Johnson just resigned as Conservative party leader on Thursday, various UK media reports, paving the way for a successor to replace him as British prime minister, after dozens of his ministers quit his scandal-hit government.

Boris Johnson announced his resignation, saying, “It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader of that party, and therefore a new PM.”

Addressing the nation from in front of his 10 Downing Street office, Johnson thanked Britons for the “immense privilege” they had bestowed upon him, but said he agreed it was time for his Conservative Party to have a new leader. 

He also said he had tried to persuade his cabinet it would be “eccentric” to change prime minister now, but added: “I regret not to have been successful in those arguments.

Mr Johnson said he was “immensely proud of the achievements of this government”, pointing towards finalising Brexit, its handling of the pandemic, and the roll our of vaccines, adding it was “painful not to see it through”.

Watch the announcement below